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by Missy Frederick   Casolare may be chef's Michael Schlow's second Italian restaurant in D.C., but don't expect a menu that's very similar to his new Alta Strada restaurant in Mt. Vernon Triangle. At Casolare, the coasts of Italy are the focus, which comes into play with the restaurant's light, seafood-influenced menu.   The space ha...

Due to my foot surgeries two years in a row, our family has been sidelined again this summer. We usually travel near the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to my husband's hometown to participate in the Mount Carmel festival, sponsored by the Italian parish Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania. We have attended so man...

Luxury Italian footwear and accessories brand Baldinini is staking a claim in the U.S. market. The company will be unveiling its first store in the States on Tuesday, in The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, N.J. The company has been selling its collection of men's and women's shoes and accessories in the U.S. for the past five years via its e-co...

Opera at Florham will present its next Musicale at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in Lenfell Hall, the Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison.   The recital, "A Cornucopia of Opera & Song," presents professional vocalists from across the United States and abroad. The artists will perform a medley of Italian, Polish, and French oper...

The City of East Orange is proud to announce that it has named Phyllis Bindi as the city's first female police chief and Andre Williams as the city's youngest fire chief. Both East Orange natives, Chiefs Bindi and Williams will be publicly sworn in during a Public Safety Promotion Ceremony to be held at Messiah Baptist Church on Friday Jan 20 at 6p...

By Nicky D Cooks One of the greatest treasures that Pittsburgh has to offer is the Heinz History Center. When I first moved to the city, a visit to the History Center was on my list of the must things to do. While there I was able to gather in one place what a rich history the Steel City has to offer.   I was glad that I had made the trip t...

Six students from Saint Peter's Prep in Jersey City recently won first place during Italian Language and Culture Day at Montclair State University. The Italian Teachers' Association of New Jersey and the Coccia Institute sponsored the event.   This was Prep's fifth win at the annual event. which involved 13 New Jersey high schools. This yea...

For the past decade, the annual Italian Festival sponsored by the Colonial Italian American Organization has raised money to help local students pay for college. Some $200,000 has been raised to underwrite scholarships and and other education-related grants. This year's event will be held this weekend, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12-13 on the grounds of W...

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is waiting patiently for his spoonful of rigatoni and scallops, too, you know you're in for a real Italian party. But what else would you expect at a dinner in honor of a 200-year-old Italian rock star? On Thursday, the Washington Chorus's "The Essential Verdi" gala held at the Italian Embassy was dedicate...

The North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in the Wildwoods this year from Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29, with a weekend of food, fun and Italian-American heritage.   Festivities for the three-day event take place along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood including street vendors disp...

by Joe Warner   The Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission will host the 11th annual Italian Heritage Festival of Gloucester County on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free festival, held on the grounds of RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford, attracts more than 8,000 attendees from the tri-state area and beyo...

WHAT HAPPENS when a grandmother from Sicily hosts a dinner for a renowned Sicilian chef? Graziella DiFulco and Joey Baldino had never met, but Inside Jersey thought perhaps they should. Our story shares details of that day.   Graziella DiFulco grew up in Sicily. She married in Italy, and, in 1965, she and her husband, Sal, came to America. I...